Everything In the Sacred Domain Is About Ecstasy
By Adi Da Samraj
Everything in the sacred domain is about ecstasy. Everything in the social (or secular) domain is about control of ecstasy and using the human faculties (of body, emotion, mind, and breath) for other (generally, non-ecstatic—or ego-based) business in the moment. The basic taboos of the secular social domain are against sex (or bodily pleasure altogether), laughter (or genuine humor, and mental freedom), and Real-God-Realization (or Ecstatic Identification with the Divine Reality).
From the point of view of the secular social domain, sex, laughter, and Real-God-Realization must be controlled, because they are forms of ecstasy—and because the social-personality world feels threatened by the lack of social self-control implicit in ecstasy. Within the context of the secular social domain, such self-control is appropriate, and even necessary, for the purposes of conducting ordinary human business. There should be certain forms of self-control (or social self-discipline) in that domain of practical interaction between people. It is just that the world of human activity and experience must not be reduced to being only that practical (or secular) domain.
The sacred domain must be the core of life, and all kinds of activities and experiences belong there that do not belong in the secular social domain—but you must be able to enter into the sacred domain, readily, and be there when you get up in the morning, and freely enact there all the forms of ecstasy that you do not enact in the common (or secular) daily domain.
The sacred culture determines how the forms of ecstasy are accommodated in human life, whereas the secular social world always wants to exclude them. If you have nothing but the secular social world, then ecstasy in all its forms—even sexual—becomes suppressed, its integrity destroyed. Then life becomes nothing but a self-conscious exercise in which you merely preserve social rules, extending them even into the bedroom and the prayer room—such that you never turn ecstatic, you never “go native”, when you are outside the common social (or secular) sphere.
Sex, laughter, and Real-God-Realization have their place in the sacred domain, at the center of life. The secular (or public) dimension of human existence should be economized, kept in its proper place, not allowed to take over the entirety of your life. There must be a sacred core of life, a culture at that core. And everything that has to do with ecstasy should be in that sphere, not in the secular (or public) sphere.
The sacred domain is about the expression of ecstasy—in all its forms. Therefore, all the arts—and, indeed, all forms of creativity—are, basically, about the sacred domain. Everything about the religious life (including meditation, worship, prayer, and so on) is in the sacred domain. The sacred domain is even the primary place of food-taking. The sacred domain is the place of emotional-sexual intimacy, the place of friendship and human intimacy altogether. The sacred domain is the place where the truly human (and humanizing) culture of ecstasy is truly practiced, in the truest sense, assisted by cooperative association between people.
After the day’s business is over, everyone should return to his or her sacred domain, where there is a real cultural order and real involvement in profound matters, where intimate human matters are kept alive and sacredly used. It must be so. You cannot expect the common (or secular) world to accommodate ecstasy. At most, you can expect the common (or secular) world to allow ecstasy its own (separate) sphere of privacy or intimate culture.
In the secular domain (or daily ordinary world) of survival-business, the required mode of the person can be said to be a kind of “uniform”, a means of conforming to convention for the sake of handling all the ordinary business of human existence. But in the sacred domain, it is not that the human being is, by comparison, undressed or naked, or just sort of “there” (in an un-patterned, or un-“uniformed” manner). No. Whereas the law in the common (or secular) world is a kind of “uniform”, the law in the sacred domain is a kind of art form.
Sacred culture always calls for the artful use of the body-mind, rather than the conventional (or “uniformed”) use of the body-mind. Sacred culture is a matter of profound and intelligent and feelingly sensitive activity—always in the participatory, ego-surrendering, going-beyond disposition, rather than the analytical, separative, and controlling disposition.
The sacred should be the fundamental domain of everyone’s life. It is in everyone’s interest to protect the sacred domain and see that it flourishes in all its forms—for everyone, all over the world. Everyone should have access to the sacred domain—otherwise, a collective insanity, or lack of sanity, develops. That lack of sanity comes from having lost touch with What is Beyond oneself—or the Sea of Divine Existence, altogether.
It is not possible to create right human life on the basis of secular idealism alone. The secular aspects of life are just one part of the “master-plan” (so to speak). The secular domain is outside the center. All the shops and banks and business places are outside the sacred domain. It is not that the secular domain is an alien world in relation to the sacred domain.
The secular domain is simply a place where people function in a certain manner, for the sake of handling basic life-requirements. It is—or should be—an orderly, efficient means for doing this, such that everyone can spend as much time in the sacred domain as possible. That is what the secular domain ought to be—instead of a “something” that is presumed to have ultimate value in and of itself, thereby suppressing the sacred domain and shutting out the Indivisible Mind of Being.
From the essay, “My Call for the Universal Restoration of the Sacred (or Central) Domain of Human Life”